This past weekend, Ballet San Jose presented Neoclassical to Now, the first program of our 2014 Repertory Season, and the reviews are in! We are already starting to prepare for our quickly approaching second program, but we thought we would take a moment to reflect on the successes that just took place on the stage. Take a look at what our reviewers said about Serenade, Glow-Stop, and Minus 16, as well as our new Artistic Director José Manuel Carreño.
The night ended with Ohad Naharin’s wild and wildly funny “Minus 16,” a veritable mixtape of various dance excerpts of Naharin’s works from the 1990s, which threads us back in history while moving viewers into the present.
It begins with a clowning dancer in intermission warming up the stage, moves to a comic, tamped-down collective cha-cha, and includes a ritualistic chair dance where, with fairy-tale import, the last figure repeatedly falls to the ground…For the finale, company members scouted audience members to be onstage extras in one of the most touching participatory dance exchanges I know.
Of José Manuel Carreño and the company, Murphy said:
Carreño seems to have a vision of a dance company that pulls together myriad streams of dance with both heart and soul. As the Rockefellers knew when they built Lincoln Center, a world-class city has to have world class arts. This may be San Jose’s moment.
Less than a year on the job, artistic director José Manuel Carreño is proving himself up to the task, dealing with the challenges of reviving a struggling, cash-strapped company, providing thoughtful programming, casting, and opportunities for the dancers to grow and thrive. These are great dancers, and watching Friday night’s opener was a pleasure and an assurance that this company is doing the right things for the right reasons.
New principal Ommi Pippit Suksun mesmerized with the force, energy and lush phrasing of her entry, as she brandished dramatic extensions and flew out the other wing. She returned later as the mysterious “dark angel.” Alexsandra Meijer’s pinpoint technique and romantic aura united with newcomer Nathan Chaney’s gallant cavalier in the waltz movement. Amy Marie Briones flew through the sharply accented Russian dance with elan to spare. Those who worship “Serenade” would have found satisfaction here.
That’s not all! Read these other fantastic reviews of Ballet San Jose’s Neoclassical to Now.
Ballet San Jose Serenades Its Audience
Janice Berman of San Francisco Classical Voice
More on the New Ballet San Jose
Rachel Howard of Footnotes
BALLET S.J. “NEOCLASSICAL TO NOW” A Night of Variety
Iride Aparicio of Cultural World Bilingual
Ohad Naharin’s “Minus 16”
Terez Rose of The Classical Girl
Ballet San Jose would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our audience members who attended the performance and especially those who participated on Facebook and Twitter before, during, and after the show. We are sad to have to close the curtain on this fantastic program, but we hope you will all join us as we move into our second program of the season, Popular Music, Transcendent Dancing, on stage at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts March 21-23. Two-show subscription packages are now available for our remaining performances including Popular Music, Transcendent Dancing as well as our third program, Masterworks of Movement and Theatre (May 9-11). For single tickets visit www.balletsj.org or call us at (408) 288-2800. If you enjoyed Neoclassical to Now, you will love what’s to come!